1. do I install the motherboard drivers before or after I install Vista?
2. once I get the new HD set up and get my system properly configured, is there any way I can retrieve data from my old HD?
3. If the files on my old HD are corrupted, is it worth my while to try to save anything to the new HD?
I think the problems with my old HD are software related. I tried to reinstall XP on a new partition but the computer goes into an endless reboot mode after the first set of files are installed and the first automatic reboot occurs.